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Opalchentsi-pobornitsi (volunteer combatant) in front of the monument of Bulgaria's National Hero Vasil Levski

Opalchentsi-pobornitsi (volunteer combatant) in front of the monument of Bulgaria's National Hero Vasil Levski, © National Museum of Military History SofiaenlargeOpalchentsi-pobornitsi (volunteer combatant) in front of the monument of Bulgaria's National Hero Vasil Levski, © National Museum of Military History Sofia

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Object:Opalchentsi-pobornitsi (volunteer combatant) in front of the monument of Bulgaria's National Hero Vasil Levski
Description:Outdoor photograph of a group of men, mostly in urban clothes with insignia of honour; two of them in an Orthodox priest garb. They are sitting and standing in front of a monument with a bas-relief. On the left side there is a boy sitting.
Comment:Opalchentsi were Bulgarian voluntary army units who took part in the Serbo-Ottoman War in 1876 and in the Russo-Ottoman War in 1877 – 1878. The men in these units were called opalchenets-pobornik, meaning "volunteer combatant". Vasil Levski, born Vasil Ivanov Kunchev (1837 - 1873), was a revolutionary; he is a national hero of Bulgaria, honored as "the Apostle of Freedom". The Monument to Vasil Levski in Sofia was inaugurated on October 22, 1895.
Date:Not before 1895
Location:Sofia
Country:Bulgaria
Type:Photograph
Creator:Karastoyanov, Ivan Anastasov, (Court photographer)
Dimensions:Artefact: 361mm x 289mm
Image: 254mm x 207mm
Format:Not specified
Technique:Not specified
Keywords:150 Behavior Processes and Personality > 156 Social Personality
790 Ecclesiatical Organization > 793 Priesthood
720 War > 729 War Veterans
890 Gender Roles and Issues
Bibliography:Todorova, Maria (2009): Bones of Contention. The Living Archive of Vasil Levski and the Making of Bulgaria’s National Hero. Budapest: Central European University Press.
Copyright:Национален Военноисторически Музей
Archive:National Museum of Military History Sofia, Inv. No.: 61
License:This picture is licensed under Creative Commons [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0]
Editor:Anelia Kassabova
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